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 Sadie Levy Gale

Sadie Levy Gale

Research student,


I am a PhD candidate at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture as part of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with Bristol University and Historic England.  

My current research examines how imperialistic public health policy shaped urban space in England in the inter-war and post-war period, using photographic archives at Historic England as a key source. My project focuses particularly on Historic England's Topical Press Agency medical photography collection, as well as the Illustrated London News and Picture Post archives. I am interested more broadly in how press photography constructed and disseminated an imperial vision of Britain’s medical, environmental and moral supremacy in the first half of the twentieth century.

Prior to joining Cardiff, I worked at an exhibition design agency for four years as a content developer for museums and heritage organisations. I completed my MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, and my BA in English Literature and Language at Oxford University. 


Research interests

Research Interests

  • Photographic history

  • Histories of public health

  • Urban history and visual culture

  • Healthcare and visual culture

  • British imperial history


Imperial visions of healthcare: Public health infrastructure and the shaping of the urban environment in England, 1920-1955

Funding source



Tom Allbeson

Dr Tom Allbeson

Senior Lecturer in Media History